• 17 Feb 2017

    How to Find Value in Burgundy

    Value is relative, especially in Burgundy. Wines from Burgundy are pricey, and there are no winds of change. Not even the relatively recent surge of the dollar helped. Understanding the Expense Why are these wines expensive? High demand and relative scarcity play a significant role. Burgundy’s wines are made in small quantities, mostly by wine domaines (93% of production) that are often very small and usually family...
    • 10 Dec 2012

    Grapes and Dolly the Sheep: A Look at Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Clones

    What is a clone? With regard to wine, that is. Are vine clones akin to Dolly the Sheep? Frightening! Yet, in the New World, and particularly in the United States, we obsess over clones, especially with regard to two of the world’s most coveted vitis vinifera grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. How peculiar. (Oh, and don’t worry. Dolly and 777 aren’t exactly the same. After all, Dolly required three mothers...